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Jacobs’ campaign stunt

Senator Chris Jacobs proposed a new bill pertaining to pistol license privacy:

“New York State Senator Chris Jacobs announced today that he has introduced legislation (S-6834) that would tighten privacy protections for gun owners at the time they apply for their permits, as well as when they recertify. “My bill presumes gun owners prefer to keep their personal licensing and application information private from the general public, and it affords that protection by ensuring the information is only made public through a court order, or if the applicant chooses to allow public disclosure,” said Jacobs. “The automatic disclosure that exists today acts as a deterrent to applicants and an unnecessary infringement on the second amendment rights of lawful gun owners.” Under current state law, when a resident applies for a pistol permit, personal information such as name and address automatically become part of the public record and accessible to anyone conducting a public search. To maintain confidentiality, applicants must formally opt out of public disclosure when they first apply, and at all re-certifications as required under New York’s SAFE Act. Jacobs’ bill reverses the roles for permit holders by requiring they opt in to any public disclosure …”

Big deal.

I don’t see the 2A community jumping up and down for joy over this, not that it will be going anywhere with Jacobs being in the permanent Republican minority.

This is nothing more than a public relations stunt for his Congressional campaign.

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Rallies are a waste of time

Some people are planning on holding a “2nd Amendment Rally” in D.C. this Saturday.

This is pointless.  Do something productive or stay home. There is no reason to go to this event.

Politics is not difficult to understand.  Politicians, regardless of their party affiliation or ideology, only care about themselves, their party and their cronies and in that order.  All people who contact an elected official about their legislative agenda are judged based upon their ability to help/hurt that politician at election time, as well as their party and their cronies.  The ability to advance a legislative agenda is directly tied to one’s ability to help/hurt politicians at election time.  The higher up the elected office the more likely this is to be true.  This is absolutely true in Albany.

Knowing this, those considering going to this event should ask themselves the following questions:

  1. Will this rally help/hurt any member of Congress’ chances during the 2020 elections?  No.  Do you see any pro-gun politicians asking 2A supporters to hold rallies?  No.
  2. Will this rally help advance a pro-gun legislative agenda?  No.  Electeds won’t even notice it.  It’s being held on a weekend when Congress isn’t in session and many members aren’t even in town so they won’t care.
  3. Will this rally raise money for a cause?  No, and it isn’t being billed as a fundraiser.

Activism is a finite resource and wasting it does nothing to help the 2A.

With elections one week away here are some positive alternatives for gun rights activists to participate in:

  1. Attend a fundraiser benefiting a pro-gun politician.
  2. Attend an event hosted by a candidate or political party, meet with elected officials and party people in attendance and let them know 2A is your issue.
  3. Make a donation to a pro-gun candidate.
  4. Volunteer to help a candidate get out the vote.
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More on the primary for Gianaris

As a follow-up to my previous post, “Primary for Gianaris“, the Post reports, “Former state Sen. Connor working on bid to oust Sen. Gianaris“:

“A former Democratic leader of the state Senate with ties to Gov. Andrew Cuomo is aiding a primary campaign to oust state Sen. Mike Gianaris … challenger Justin Potter, Citizens for Queens, has retained veteran election lawyer Marty Connor as its attorney … Connor, who for 30 years represented parts of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan, was the Democratic minority leader of the Senate for eight years in the 1990s through 2001 …”

Good.  That’s a sign the effort to depose Gianaris is serious.

NRA should (but they won’t) get behind Potter regardless of his 2A position to push Gianaris out.

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Primary for Gianaris

The City reports:

State Sen. Michael Gianaris’ vocal opposition to scuttling Amazon’s New York headquarters has put a target on his back: He faces a likely primary challenge for the first time since being elected to the State Senate in 2010. Justin Potter, a newcomer to politics and to the Democratic Party, has registered a campaign committee and says he’s exploring a run to dislodge Gianaris, who has held the seat since 2011 …”

I have no idea what Potter’s position on the issues are, but it doesn’t matter. Democrats outnumber Republicans in SD-12 by better than 7 to 1. The only way to knock Gianaris is in a primary where turnout is very low. 2A advocates should support Potter in order to stick it to Gianaris.

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Monday’s Newsbits:

At 7:30 pm today Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will hold a candlelight vigil for victims of the Crown Heights mass shooting at the intersection of Utica Avenue and Michael Griffith Street. The vigil will include “clergy leaders, anti-gun violence advocates and elected leaders … At the vigil, Borough President Adams and other participants will call attention to the pervasive double-standard around mass shooting incidents, where shootings in urban areas are treated with less urgency than those in suburban and rural communities, despite accounting for most of the gun violence in the U.S. He will also highlight the role that handguns play in driving the gun violence crisis in the country.”

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